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Whitehouse Community Center will host a Country Breakfast Buffet Saturday, February 22nd from 7am until 10am.  Cost for adults is $6, for children 6-12, $3 and children 5 and under eat free. 

The North Carolina Rhododendron Festival will be held June 19th and 20th in Bakersville.  If you would like to participate as a vendor, applications are being taken now.  Go to  Arts and crafts, commercial and nonprofits are welcome to apply.

On Saturday, March 7, Friends of the Mountain Gateway will host a benefit music program featuring performances by local bluegrass, gospel, and country musicians. Emcees for the event will be Pat Vess and Cynthia Moore, the popular stars of many “Maude &Ethel” shows at Old Fort Elementary School. The program, titled “The Music & Talents of Old Fort,” will begin at 6 p.m. inside the Town of Old Fort’s recently remodeled Rockett Motors building at 55 East Main Street. All proceeds will be used to fund educational programs at Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.  Tickets are $5 per person with a maximum of 200 tickets being sold.

With flu cases on the rise, prevention is the key.  it’s not too late for your flu vaccine.  Stop by the McDowell County Health Department for your flu vaccine today.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am until 4:30.  Insurance accepted.

NC Cooperative Extension’s Keep McDowell Beautiful Program will be hosting the Old Fort Sugar Hill road clean up on Saturday March 7th beginning at 9am. We are partnering with the Old Fort Ruritan Club who will be hosting us at their building 1177 Bat Cave Road Old Fort. The Keep McDowell Beautiful program will provide safety training along with trash grabbers, gloves, trash bags, and orange vests. Volunteers will need to wear close-toed shoes, and should wear clothing appropriate for the weather like a sweat shirt or light rain jacket.

There will be a blood drive at Walmart-Marion Friday February 21st from 12:00 until 4:30 pm.  Call 803-2884 to make an appointment.

On March 29th Vietnam Veterans National Memorial Day, McDowell Vietnam veterans will be recognized with pin and a certificate by the Greenlee Chapter DAR together with the American Legion #56.  The event is planned for 2pm at the
McDowell Senior Center.   The Vietnam era is from November 1,1955 to May 15,1975. Anyone who served in any branch of service during this time frame is eligible for a pin and certificate. There are veteran sign-up sheets in the Marion and Old Fort libraries, The Marion Senior Center and the American Legion Post #56.

The City of Marion's Tree Board  meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 a.m. at Marion City Hall.